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Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter introduced the long-awaited Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual abuse Bill 2017 into the Federal Parliament on 26 October. The proposed legislation will cap payments at $150,000 and will also allow survivors access to counselling and a direct apology from the institution in which the abuse occurred.
The asylum seeker LINC project is a community-driven initiative, which operates within the city of Port Phillip. LINC appeals to individuals and organisations that have a passion for social justice and lending a helping hand to assist vulnerable asylum seekers living in their community. 
Catholic Social Services Victoria is currently working with Catholic housing providers and others to look at opportunities for parishes to support the development of social housing.  The attached discussion paper provides background and outlines how to take the next step.
Congratulations to our Council member Jenny Glare of MacKillop Family Services on her HESTA 2017 award as ‘unsung hero’, which recognises her pioneering work in supporting people who grew up in care.
Read about Jenny's work, here.

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